21 May 2013
Glasgow's Riverside Museum has been granted a top European award in recognition of its 'public quality'.
Glasgow's Riverside Museum has been granted a top European award in recognition of its 'public quality'. The museum, which houses thousands of items relating to transport in Scotland, has become the first Scottish museum to win the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA).
Riverside Museum re-opened in June 2011 and includes trains, trams, subway cars and a recreated street, as well as hosting regular events and exhibitions. The EMYA judges said: 'The Riverside Museum demonstrates brilliantly how a specialist transport collection can renew its relevance through active engagement with wider social and universal issues.
'The EMYA 2013 Judging Panel agreed unanimously that the museum fulfils the EMYA criteria of 'public quality' at the highest level.'
Councillor Archie Graham, chairman of Glasgow Life, added: 'Our fantastic Riverside Museum has been crowned Europe's best.
'That is no accident and is down to the hard work, passion and creativity of our staff who do everything they can to bring the stories of our transport and engineering past to existing and new audiences. They have made Glasgow proud.'
Riverside Museum, 100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow G3 8RS; tel: 0141 287 2720; visit the Riverside Museum website.
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